Scott Klinger joined the Pennsylvania Game Commission as the Farmland Wildlife Biologist in 1995. He was a key member of the team that developed and implemented the Pennsylvania Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in 2000. The program will provide over $400M dollars over 15 years to restore riparian forest buffers and grassland habitat on 265,000 acres of farmland.
Scott served as the Private Lands and Farm Bill Coordinator for the Game Commission and as the Chair of the Northeast Upland Habitat Technical Committee. He represented the Northeast and the PGC on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Agricultural Task Force, Legislative and Federal Budget Committee, and Wildlife Policy Committee. Scott also served as Director, Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management from December 2003 to October 2006. He established the PGC Forest Inventory and Analysis Team, promoted development of a State Wide Game Lands Plan with public involvement, individual SGL plans, and a plan to streamline Bureau operations.
In 2006, Scott returned to the Bureau of Wildlife Management, Game Management Division, as a Wildlife Research Biologist. He is currently working on recovery plans for the Northern Bobwhite Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant and other grassland/farmland dependent species. Scott is interested in monitoring and evaluating USDA wildlife habitat programs to determine if they are achieving their wildlife objectives and if they are cost effective.
Scott has studied white-tailed deer and bobwhite quail in Kansas, migratory songbirds in Georgia, and black bears and Indiana bats in Virginia. He received his B.S. in Forest Biology from The Pennsylvania State University (1977) and his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Kansas State University (1983).
Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1995, Scott was a Wildlife Biologist and Forest Administrator in Kansas, Georgia, and Virginia. From 1979 to 1989 he served as Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Administrator, and Chief of Natural Resources Programs on the Fort Riley Military Installation in Kansas. In 1989 he was promoted to Chief of Natural Resources Programs and served as the Regional Forest Administrator for the Department of the Army, FORSCOM, in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1991 Scott transferred to the US Forest Service Southern Regional Office, where he was Migratory Bird Coordinator and Wildlife Planner for the Southern Region of the US Forest Service. In 1992 he became the Forest Wildlife Biologist for George Washington National Forest in Virginia and served as the Wildlife Biologist on the USFS Land Management/Environmental Review Planning Team for the Southern Region.
Scott has received numerous awards including the Department of Defense Conservation Award. In 2001, he received Special Recognition from the Northeast Section of the Wildlife Society for his work in restoring farmland wildlife habitat and Farm Bill Programs in the Northeast. In 2002, Scott received the Touchstone Award from the Wildlife Management Institute.
He is a member of the PHI KAPPA PHI Honor Society, The Wildlife Society, Life member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology, PA Biological Survey-Mammal Technical Committee, Society of American Foresters, Soil and Water Conservation Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ducks Unlimited. He represents the Pennsylvania Game Commission on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Resident Game Bird Working Group, Legislative and Federal Budget Committee, and Wildlife Policy Committee.
Scott is a native Pennsylvanian and an avid sportsmen and conservationist. He grew up on a farm in eastern Snyder County. He and his wife Jan currently reside in Snyder County with their cat (that does not go outside).